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In the Baroque era we have Bach and Telemann.

Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D Major and Telemann's Viola Concerto in G Major: Presto sound the same.

What's up with that?

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Bach named one of his sons after Telemann. They were that close personally. During the baroque era copying the style of another musician was considered a compliment. They were of the same era in the same country composing for the highest levels of patronage.

  • As an interesting side-note, this Baroque appreciation for copying other composers' styles and themes did have its limits. One of the Bononcini brothers was more or less booted out of London when it was discovered that he had passed off a madrigal by Antonio Lotti as his own work. – Kim Fierens Nov 22 '18 at 6:56
  • I didn't know that Bach named one of his sons after Telemann! I had to look it up: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 's second name is in honor of Georg Philipp Telemann, who was also his godfather. – Richard Nov 22 '18 at 15:05
  • This is hardly only a baroque thing, many guitarists have been inspired or have just flat out stolen ideas from other people. The line between inspiring, imitation and plagiarism is very fine in music. – Neil Meyer Nov 23 '18 at 20:19

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